(Nov. 1, 2019) Christopher M. Trimper, 42, passed away Oct. 24, last Thursday night due to complications from a shellfish allergy after playing in the Downtown Association Golf Tournament. He was attending an post-tournament gathering at Poseidon’s Pub at Ocean Downs Casino, Downtown Association Director Mary Ann Manganello said.
“It was a shock to everyone,” said Manganello, who was with Trimper that night, said. “He was a wonderful member of the community and everyone will miss him.”
Paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Trimper was a member of the Downtown Association for many years, a former president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and has been involved in his family’s amusement park for many years.
A Virginia Tech graduate, he continued a 125-year, fifth generation tradition of working alongside his family at Trimper Rides and later Trimper’s Playland.
“Chris’ passing is such a great loss to the Ocean City community and especially to our organization of which he was such a vital part of for many years,” said Glenn Irwin, executive director for the Ocean City Development Corporation. “He was a friend to anyone that met him. Prayers to his wife, Michelle, his adorable three kids, and his whole family.”
Born on April 17,1977 in Salisbury, he was the son of John Douglas “Doug” Trimper and Gail Zeigler.
“His loss will be devastating to the community,” said Susan Jones, President of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association. “He had contributed so much to society … he always put everybody above himself. He was all about helping others first.”
Trimper was a president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association from 2013-2014 and was a second generation board member following his grandfather Granville Trimper.
Trimper spent years working for the community by being an active member of the Ocean City Development Corporation, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, the Lion’s Club, and Evergreen Masonic Lodge #153 in Berlin. Trimper was a member on the Ocean City Development Corporation Board from 2009 to the present. He was president of the organization for three years from 2015-2018.
Trimper is survived by his wife, Michelle, and their three children, son, Christopher Grant Trimper II, daughters Madison Lily Trimper and Emma Rose Trimper, brother Brooks Trimper, half-sister Chelsea Trimper and stepmother Cindy Trimper.
“We are still trying to process the tragic loss of Chris Trimper,” Melanie Pursel, president of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, said. “He was so loved and respected and we know his memory and legacy will carry on forever. Ocean City will not be the same without him, but we sincerely value the mark he made through all of his time, dedication and love for family and community. Prayers and thoughts to his many friends, colleagues and loving family.”
A service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at the Performing Arts Center inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street at 12 p.m., where friends and family may call at 10 a.m. Pastor Kyle McDaniel will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations In Chris’ memory may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at theaftd.org. in honor of his stepfather Harry Zeigler.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, MD. Letters of condolence may be made to the family via, www.burbagefuneralhome.com.